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YORK’S economic news is worth celebrating. Along with impressively low unemployment (1.6 per cent), York’s moving up the league tables.

York is officially the most competitive city in Yorkshire – and second only to Manchester in the north. The Centre for Cities has us up from 18th in the UK under the Lib Dems to 17th place under this Labour administration. York Labour put jobs and growth at the heart of policies to help residents cope with the Conservative/Liberal Democrat “cost of living crisis”.

This council is paying a living wage to all employees and those with its trading company, and also looking to build fair wages into procurement.

Footfall in the city centre was the highest ever for December. Coordinated scrutiny research into improving the city-centre economy after 5pm is progressing well too.

If you have suggestions of how the council can work together to help our economy thrive and grow further and faster, please get in touch.

When we work together York bats far above its weight.

Coun Anna Semlyen, Chair of economic scrutiny, City of York Council, Labour, Dringhouses and Woodthorpe.

 

• I AM disappointed by a recent letter published from Conservative deputy leader Coun George Barton (Inflated cabinet, Letters, January 4).

In this letter he says it is an understatement to say that my cabinet colleagues and I are “pompous”.

I do wish our Conservative and Liberal Democrat opposition would not continue resorting to personal and childish name-calling. It turns so many people off politics, myself included.

Politics should be about the arguing of ideas and ideals to create a better society. Just because he may disagree with Labour policies, I do think he should show people across the political divide courtesy and respect just as I have always shown to him.

I refer Coun Barton to a quote from Charles R Anderson, “Observe which side resorts to the most vociferous name-calling and you are likely to have identified the side with the weaker argument and they know it.”

Coun James Alexander, Labour Leader of City of York Council.

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10:34am Fri 17 Jan 14

Zetkin says...

What Ms Semlyen and her ilk call "competitive" I would call low-paid; the living wage is a good initiative, but widely ignored in the private sector.

Such prosperity as York enjoys is built on the backs of thousands of very low-paid workers whose efforts provide high profits and a nice lifestyle for their employers.

Labour seems to have forgotten this in its headlong rush to gain the approval of the middle classes and the bosses of big business.
What Ms Semlyen and her ilk call "competitive" I would call low-paid; the living wage is a good initiative, but widely ignored in the private sector. Such prosperity as York enjoys is built on the backs of thousands of very low-paid workers whose efforts provide high profits and a nice lifestyle for their employers. Labour seems to have forgotten this in its headlong rush to gain the approval of the middle classes and the bosses of big business. Zetkin

12:37pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Exlabourmember says...

This only days after Cllr Levene called an opponent a chicken.

Calamity James must be the largest hypocrite in York
This only days after Cllr Levene called an opponent a chicken. Calamity James must be the largest hypocrite in York Exlabourmember

12:51pm Fri 17 Jan 14

ZachCohen says...

Cllr semelyn. Councillor for economy. Wasting hundreds of thousands of pounds on 20mph signs on tiny cul de sacs.

Money we'll spent? How about invest in lower rates for shops so some of the dozens of empty shop units and offices, can be filled by 1st time businesses and create more jobs?
Cllr semelyn. Councillor for economy. Wasting hundreds of thousands of pounds on 20mph signs on tiny cul de sacs. Money we'll spent? How about invest in lower rates for shops so some of the dozens of empty shop units and offices, can be filled by 1st time businesses and create more jobs? ZachCohen

12:52pm Fri 17 Jan 14

George Appleby says...

Our Ancient City of York has offered tourists a glimpse of our wonderful, unique past for many years. The attraction has been rather lessened lately by the Lendal "30 pounds please" catch plan and modern renovations to Kings Square takes away more of the attraction. Let's hope that's the end of these Dick Turpin "stand and deliver" type attractions and modernisation.
Our Ancient City of York has offered tourists a glimpse of our wonderful, unique past for many years. The attraction has been rather lessened lately by the Lendal "30 pounds please" catch plan and modern renovations to Kings Square takes away more of the attraction. Let's hope that's the end of these Dick Turpin "stand and deliver" type attractions and modernisation. George Appleby

1:27pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Jonthan says...

Very unwise letter from James Alexander. If he takes offense at being called pompous, them perhaps politics is not the game for him. Tony Blair put up with being repeatedly called (correctly in my opinion) a war criminal

This is not the first time Mr Alexander has let the Tories know they are getting to him, and it will generate more flack, not less.

Anyway, I'm not a Tory and I think he's a bit pompous
Very unwise letter from James Alexander. If he takes offense at being called pompous, them perhaps politics is not the game for him. Tony Blair put up with being repeatedly called (correctly in my opinion) a war criminal This is not the first time Mr Alexander has let the Tories know they are getting to him, and it will generate more flack, not less. Anyway, I'm not a Tory and I think he's a bit pompous Jonthan

2:04pm Fri 17 Jan 14

mutley12321 says...

Hello Anna,
Correct - any reduction in unemployment and increase in the workforce should be applauded from the rooftops, which you've decided to do in your role of councillor. Well done. I like all us city subjects hope for continued “good news”.

That said, can I ask a question of you though as a Councillor? I’m sure you’re aware a fall in the number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance does not necessarily mean unemployment has fallen? Here’s an example - if any individual has had their benefits sanctioned they won't be in receipt of the mentioned JSA. Where do these individuals count in the statistics you’re so pleased to applaud? Can you enlighten me?

Hello James,
I agree name calling in politics is fairly obnoxious and adds nothing to informed debate. It’s good to know there is (at least) one elected councillor of York that remains a bastion of high morals, is unwilling to sink to such low level debate as name calling and is willing to put their name to print condoning such immature actions; both past and future? However, you do realise you’ve placed yourself on a mighty high pedestal? I hope you’ve taken a scarf as it could get chilly up there.

All the best.
Hello Anna, Correct - any reduction in unemployment and increase in the workforce should be applauded from the rooftops, which you've decided to do in your role of councillor. Well done. I like all us city subjects hope for continued “good news”. That said, can I ask a question of you though as a Councillor? I’m sure you’re aware a fall in the number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance does not necessarily mean unemployment has fallen? Here’s an example - if any individual has had their benefits sanctioned they won't be in receipt of the mentioned JSA. Where do these individuals count in the statistics you’re so pleased to applaud? Can you enlighten me? Hello James, I agree name calling in politics is fairly obnoxious and adds nothing to informed debate. It’s good to know there is (at least) one elected councillor of York that remains a bastion of high morals, is unwilling to sink to such low level debate as name calling and is willing to put their name to print condoning such immature actions; both past and future? However, you do realise you’ve placed yourself on a mighty high pedestal? I hope you’ve taken a scarf as it could get chilly up there. All the best. mutley12321

3:11pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Ichabod76 says...

mutley12321 wrote:
Hello Anna,
Correct - any reduction in unemployment and increase in the workforce should be applauded from the rooftops, which you've decided to do in your role of councillor. Well done. I like all us city subjects hope for continued “good news”.

That said, can I ask a question of you though as a Councillor? I’m sure you’re aware a fall in the number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance does not necessarily mean unemployment has fallen? Here’s an example - if any individual has had their benefits sanctioned they won't be in receipt of the mentioned JSA. Where do these individuals count in the statistics you’re so pleased to applaud? Can you enlighten me?

Hello James,
I agree name calling in politics is fairly obnoxious and adds nothing to informed debate. It’s good to know there is (at least) one elected councillor of York that remains a bastion of high morals, is unwilling to sink to such low level debate as name calling and is willing to put their name to print condoning such immature actions; both past and future? However, you do realise you’ve placed yourself on a mighty high pedestal? I hope you’ve taken a scarf as it could get chilly up there.

All the best.
James Alexander tweeted a picture of a jar of lard, then said it was a picture of Coun Nigel Ayre !
so he's not on such a high pedestal, just a huge hypocrite
[quote][p][bold]mutley12321[/bold] wrote: Hello Anna, Correct - any reduction in unemployment and increase in the workforce should be applauded from the rooftops, which you've decided to do in your role of councillor. Well done. I like all us city subjects hope for continued “good news”. That said, can I ask a question of you though as a Councillor? I’m sure you’re aware a fall in the number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance does not necessarily mean unemployment has fallen? Here’s an example - if any individual has had their benefits sanctioned they won't be in receipt of the mentioned JSA. Where do these individuals count in the statistics you’re so pleased to applaud? Can you enlighten me? Hello James, I agree name calling in politics is fairly obnoxious and adds nothing to informed debate. It’s good to know there is (at least) one elected councillor of York that remains a bastion of high morals, is unwilling to sink to such low level debate as name calling and is willing to put their name to print condoning such immature actions; both past and future? However, you do realise you’ve placed yourself on a mighty high pedestal? I hope you’ve taken a scarf as it could get chilly up there. All the best.[/p][/quote]James Alexander tweeted a picture of a jar of lard, then said it was a picture of Coun Nigel Ayre ! so he's not on such a high pedestal, just a huge hypocrite Ichabod76

3:46pm Fri 17 Jan 14

bravo whisky says...

Alexander and Semlyen need to try and survive on £6-31 per hour in York before the pair of them start applauding themselves, it is this bunch of hypocrites calling themselves a cabinet, who want to fill the place with hotels and restaurants, and yes they pay minimum wage to its workers, they certainly will not be buying a house and raising a family on that money. As for Alexander tweeting a picture of jar of lard, how childish, is this overweight excuse for a human supposed to be the leader of York council or not.
Alexander and Semlyen need to try and survive on £6-31 per hour in York before the pair of them start applauding themselves, it is this bunch of hypocrites calling themselves a cabinet, who want to fill the place with hotels and restaurants, and yes they pay minimum wage to its workers, they certainly will not be buying a house and raising a family on that money. As for Alexander tweeting a picture of jar of lard, how childish, is this overweight excuse for a human supposed to be the leader of York council or not. bravo whisky

5:19pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Mulgrave says...

A look on the Centre for Cities website shows an in depth report of 27 pages tilted: "York; prioritising prosperity" - which was prepared for the previous administration over two years before Labour took control in 2011, very likely the welcome rise in York's position is a combination of many factors working together over a period of time rather than the simplistic view predictability taken by Anna Semlyen.

Also, home ownership isn't really an immediate prospect for anyone at the bottom of the wage scale, and historically it never was, but the lack of affordable housing for rental in the city has made the minimum wage insufficient to rent from a private landlord hence the need for the living wage. Without this failure in housing policy, which extends across all levels of government and all parties have had a hand in bringing it about, the minimum wage (albeit with a bit of a boost as currently being discussed)may have been more relevant today.
A look on the Centre for Cities website shows an in depth report of 27 pages tilted: "York; prioritising prosperity" - which was prepared for the previous administration over two years before Labour took control in 2011, very likely the welcome rise in York's position is a combination of many factors working together over a period of time rather than the simplistic view predictability taken by Anna Semlyen. Also, home ownership isn't really an immediate prospect for anyone at the bottom of the wage scale, and historically it never was, but the lack of affordable housing for rental in the city has made the minimum wage insufficient to rent from a private landlord hence the need for the living wage. Without this failure in housing policy, which extends across all levels of government and all parties have had a hand in bringing it about, the minimum wage (albeit with a bit of a boost as currently being discussed)may have been more relevant today. Mulgrave

5:50pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Pinza-C55 says...

If Coun Semlyen wishes to claim credit for low unemployment (if you believe those figures are genuinely representative) will she also take the blame for high unemployment if it occurs while she is in office?
If Coun Semlyen wishes to claim credit for low unemployment (if you believe those figures are genuinely representative) will she also take the blame for high unemployment if it occurs while she is in office? Pinza-C55

11:34pm Fri 17 Jan 14

strangebuttrue? says...

Sorry Anne but after all that misleading rubbish you put out in your quest to spend hundreds of thousands cluttering our streets with unless and unwanted signs I have to conclude that any figures you quote are not to be trusted.
I drove into York centre twice this year in the run up to Christmas (and would not have even done that if my other half had not insisted) both times I noted that I have never seen it so quite at any time of year (long time since I have been in). Have you got a new camera then one that can count? Or have you decided that people have 2 feet so you can double up as both fall?
What is that bit about working together? Is that the bit where as long as you get what you want it is OK and should anyone disagrees with you well they can be ignored?
Sorry Anne but after all that misleading rubbish you put out in your quest to spend hundreds of thousands cluttering our streets with unless and unwanted signs I have to conclude that any figures you quote are not to be trusted. I drove into York centre twice this year in the run up to Christmas (and would not have even done that if my other half had not insisted) both times I noted that I have never seen it so quite at any time of year (long time since I have been in). Have you got a new camera then one that can count? Or have you decided that people have 2 feet so you can double up as both fall? What is that bit about working together? Is that the bit where as long as you get what you want it is OK and should anyone disagrees with you well they can be ignored? strangebuttrue?

12:58am Sun 19 Jan 14

Rocking Horse says...

More arrogance, propaganda, hypocrisy and spin from the marxist regime subverting democracy.

Vote them out in 2015 !
More arrogance, propaganda, hypocrisy and spin from the marxist regime subverting democracy. Vote them out in 2015 ! Rocking Horse

10:26am Mon 20 Jan 14

YSTClinguist says...

Is unemployment really that low? Let's calculate from the other end of the scale shall we? Salaried full time workers, salaried part time workers, workfare, sanctioned claimants, trainees with no likely employment at the end. A successive set of governments have been playing these figures to create headline figures that fool the majority of the general public and don't represent the problems those below living wage face. I applaud anyone who introduces it, but we must consider those left behind.
Is unemployment really that low? Let's calculate from the other end of the scale shall we? Salaried full time workers, salaried part time workers, workfare, sanctioned claimants, trainees with no likely employment at the end. A successive set of governments have been playing these figures to create headline figures that fool the majority of the general public and don't represent the problems those below living wage face. I applaud anyone who introduces it, but we must consider those left behind. YSTClinguist

11:27am Mon 20 Jan 14

York Fox says...

strangebuttrue? wrote:
Sorry Anne but after all that misleading rubbish you put out in your quest to spend hundreds of thousands cluttering our streets with unless and unwanted signs I have to conclude that any figures you quote are not to be trusted.
I drove into York centre twice this year in the run up to Christmas (and would not have even done that if my other half had not insisted) both times I noted that I have never seen it so quite at any time of year (long time since I have been in). Have you got a new camera then one that can count? Or have you decided that people have 2 feet so you can double up as both fall?
What is that bit about working together? Is that the bit where as long as you get what you want it is OK and should anyone disagrees with you well they can be ignored?
The footfall figures the council uses have been up and down like a brides nighty. Complete nonsense. They are the most comical statistics I have ever seen in politics, and that is saying something!

York may have 'low unemployment' but the volume of decent jobs in York is appallingly low these days. In the 14 years since I first came to York almost the entire stock of good, stable, well paid, full time jobs has gone and few have been replaced. York's affordability gap is one of the biggest in the country. It is a service industry city, but one that has lost the employed people it used to service.
[quote][p][bold]strangebuttrue?[/bold] wrote: Sorry Anne but after all that misleading rubbish you put out in your quest to spend hundreds of thousands cluttering our streets with unless and unwanted signs I have to conclude that any figures you quote are not to be trusted. I drove into York centre twice this year in the run up to Christmas (and would not have even done that if my other half had not insisted) both times I noted that I have never seen it so quite at any time of year (long time since I have been in). Have you got a new camera then one that can count? Or have you decided that people have 2 feet so you can double up as both fall? What is that bit about working together? Is that the bit where as long as you get what you want it is OK and should anyone disagrees with you well they can be ignored?[/p][/quote]The footfall figures the council uses have been up and down like a brides nighty. Complete nonsense. They are the most comical statistics I have ever seen in politics, and that is saying something! York may have 'low unemployment' but the volume of decent jobs in York is appallingly low these days. In the 14 years since I first came to York almost the entire stock of good, stable, well paid, full time jobs has gone and few have been replaced. York's affordability gap is one of the biggest in the country. It is a service industry city, but one that has lost the employed people it used to service. York Fox

12:03pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Mulgrave says...

I see the voting manipulator has had a mamouth session - bet your wrist aches after all that! Hope you have a lock on your bedroom door, wouldn't want your mum walking in and catching you at it.
I see the voting manipulator has had a mamouth session - bet your wrist aches after all that! Hope you have a lock on your bedroom door, wouldn't want your mum walking in and catching you at it. Mulgrave

1:09pm Mon 20 Jan 14

YorkCityLuke says...

I seriously feel like there is some sort of political conspiracy with the 'thumbs' voting system. The idea that a comment made just past midnight yesterday has over 300 'thumbs downs', yet one made at 1030 this morning has no votes either way is ridiculous - even assuming an even distribution of 25 votes per hour (which is a fallacious assumption, as I imagine very few people are desperately clicking the down-vote button between 0100 and 0600), it still can't explain why the other comments have no 'votes' at all. It smells like some sort of pathetic attempt at gaining popularity by one or more political group...
I seriously feel like there is some sort of political conspiracy with the 'thumbs' voting system. The idea that a comment made just past midnight yesterday has over 300 'thumbs downs', yet one made at 1030 this morning has no votes either way is ridiculous - even assuming an even distribution of 25 votes per hour (which is a fallacious assumption, as I imagine very few people are desperately clicking the down-vote button between 0100 and 0600), it still can't explain why the other comments have no 'votes' at all. It smells like some sort of pathetic attempt at gaining popularity by one or more political group... YorkCityLuke

1:24pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Thecynic says...

If unemployment is as low as 1.6% in York?? then employment must be 98.4%. Why then do we need 2 jobcentres for such a small City and a small amount of claimants?
Surely the Government has an opportunity here to save a considerable amount of money? - If the figures are correct? that is!
If unemployment is as low as 1.6% in York?? then employment must be 98.4%. Why then do we need 2 jobcentres for such a small City and a small amount of claimants? Surely the Government has an opportunity here to save a considerable amount of money? - If the figures are correct? that is! Thecynic

8:21pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Pinza-C55 says...

Thecynic wrote:
If unemployment is as low as 1.6% in York?? then employment must be 98.4%. Why then do we need 2 jobcentres for such a small City and a small amount of claimants?
Surely the Government has an opportunity here to save a considerable amount of money? - If the figures are correct? that is!
Because York has 200,000 people and 1.6% of 200,000 is 3200. Also, successive governments have found ways to miss people from the unemployment figures so the figures have been fiddled.
http://www.economics
help.org/blog/8/unem
ployment/the-true-le
vel-of-unemployment-
in-uk/
[quote][p][bold]Thecynic[/bold] wrote: If unemployment is as low as 1.6% in York?? then employment must be 98.4%. Why then do we need 2 jobcentres for such a small City and a small amount of claimants? Surely the Government has an opportunity here to save a considerable amount of money? - If the figures are correct? that is![/p][/quote]Because York has 200,000 people and 1.6% of 200,000 is 3200. Also, successive governments have found ways to miss people from the unemployment figures so the figures have been fiddled. http://www.economics help.org/blog/8/unem ployment/the-true-le vel-of-unemployment- in-uk/ Pinza-C55

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